Unitarian growth and Pagan (dis)organization

Over at The Wild Hunt, Jason Pitzl-Waters has posted about the growth of the UU over the last 10 years, a growth of 15%.  This is notable in the face of the general decline of other liberal denominations.  When you factor in about 10% population growth, that’s still real, albeit modest, growth.  “Apuleius Platonicus” points [Read More...]

Are the gods real?

Do we worship the same gods? Over at Patheos, Star Foster recently published an interesting post on the “Problem of the Personal Experience”.  In it she explains that she recently turned down the opportunity to edit a devotional anthology to the god Hephaistos, who she worships.  She writes: “The reason I couldn’t do it is [Read More...]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima @ Invocatio: a blog *mostly* about Western esotericism

For a few months now, I’ve been following the weekly Mysteria Misc. Maxima posts at the Invocatio blog, “a blog *mostly* about Western esotericism”, which is written by former journalist turned religious studies student and esotericist Sarah Veale.  Veale brings together other blog posts and news items of interest to esotercists and the like.  There are [Read More...]

Happiness and Depression, Sacrality and Spirituality

I’ve come across several good posts on other blogs recently that tie in with subjects that I have tackled here. Happiness and Mormons First, AskMormonGirl, Joanna Brooks, tackles the myth of Mormon happiness: “… there are lots of sad, anxious, and depressed Mormons too — though you might never tell from the outside. There are [Read More...]

Defining Paganism and Neopaganism

I can’t believe I am diving into this linguistic swamp again, but here goes. Recently, I’ve been engaging in some online discussions with polytheists and the “Pagan enough” debate was aroused, of course, and it got me thinking. One person in particular, L.S.,  insisted that the term “Pagan” is meaningless and should be abandoned — [Read More...]

Paganism and Real Live Nature

Recently Teo Bishop wrote a wonderful post about his experience of doing ritual in nature.  (Sometimes I think I should rename this blog “What I think about awesome things Teo Bishop has said”.)  Anyway, in his post, Teo writes that when he performs a certain ritual indoors in the city, he lifts his hands toward [Read More...]

Check out B.T. Newberg’s new blog at Pagan Square

If you haven’t already, check out B.T. Newberg’s new blog at Pagan Square: Pagan, Naturally: Reverence in a Naturalistic World.  His first post, Who’s a Naturalistic Pagan?, features yours truly, plus several people way cooler than me.  Also check out his most recent post, What’s a Naturalistic Pagan?.   [Read more...]

Navel gazing versus the journey to the World Navel: Individuation and community

Jungians are sometimes accused of being ego-centric navel gazers in the Pagan community.  There is a certain truth to this.  Jung wrote that “every step towards fuller consciousness removes [a man] further from his original, purely animal participation mystique with the herd, from submersion in a common unconsciousness. Every step forward means tearing oneself loose [Read More...]

The First SIgn of Autumn

My wife pointed this out to me this morning: the first red leaf.  The first sign of autumn in my little piece of what Ruby Sara calls the “fiercely wild urban midwest”. “How frail a thing is Beauty,” I said, “when every breath She gives the vagrant summer But swifter woos her death. For his [Read More...]

“One needful thing”, Part 3: Letting go of the side of the pool

In Part 1, I traced the development of Unitarianism since the early 19th century to the present and argued that UUism has, since its inception, been characterized by what William Channing called a “too partial culture of the mind.”  In Part 2, I argued that the “one needful thing” for contemporary humanistic UUism is a [Read More...]